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Sexual and reproductive health services statistics published

5 October 2017: National statistics on sexual and reproductive health services have been published today by NHS Digital.
*Regional statistics are included within this report

The report, Statistics on Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England 2016-17, provides information about activity taking place at dedicated sexual and reproductive health services, including some non-NHS services. This includes family planning clinics, community contraception clinics and some young people's services, such as Brook advisory centres.

Data include:

  • a demographic breakdown of service users
  • information about the provision of contraception amongst other sexual health services
  • numbers of vasectomies and sterilisations at both sexual and reproductive health services and NHS hospitals over a ten year period

Detailed information about sexually transmitted disease screening or treatment is not provided - this information is available from the Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity Dataset4.

This report does not cover all the ways in which a person may access reproductive health services. It excludes services provided in outpatient clinics and those provided by general practitioners, as well as contraceptives purchased over the counter at a pharmacy or in other retail settings (unless otherwise stated). Changes over time presented in this report may be due to the way people access contraceptive health services rather than changes in contraceptive use.

Read the full report at:


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2016/17 financial year, NHS Digital published 292 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. Find out more about our role and remit at

2. This is a National Statistics publication. National statistics are statistics that meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.

3. This report presents key findings. A wider range of data is published in the accompanying Excel spreadsheets. Full details of the data sources and other information can be found in the appendices, and data quality issues are covered in the data quality statement.

4. The Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity dataset is a Public Health England publication and can be found here.

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